Bloodshed has to end

Bloodshed has to end
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Seven civilian youth getting killed in a blast at an encounter site at Laroo Kulgam has plunged the entire Valley into mourning.
One question which everyone seems to be asking is why the government forces did not sanitize the spot before leaving. The allegations about forces violating the Standard Operating Procedures are also making rounds. Police have been claiming that agitated youth “didn’t allow forces to sanitise” the encounter site as they entered into the house immediately after bodies of three militants were retrieved.
Seven youth getting killed in the blast at the encounter site has triggered outrage in the Valley. Everyone believes that these deaths could have been avoided and the government forces should not have left the place before clearing it. Many people are demanding that the government should order the probe to ascertain what happened exactly.
Continuous bloodshed in Kashmir is a cause of concern. Voices to end the killings are becoming shriller. The common suggestion which everyone is putting forward is that New Delhi should give up the rigidity and hold talks with the stakeholders. Parleys cannot be avoided as these only can lead to the issues being addressed.
On the other hand security agencies have once again reiterated that people should stay away from the encounter sites. Rushing to these sites could prove deadly as it proved in Kulgam.
The Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh and Governor’s Advisor K Vijay Kumar termed Kulgam incident as “unfortunate” and regretted the civilian deaths.
People at the helm have to go beyond regretting these deaths. Mechanism has to be put at place to avoid any such incident in future. The government should ensure that gunfight sites are cleared before the security forces withdraw.